A little bit of Smarts

Archaeology, video games, and telly
Note: THIS IS A BODY POSITIVE ZONE!

nebulasnovasandnightsky:

look if you unironically say ‘money can’t buy happiness’ then either you’ve never faced a real financial struggle or you’ve achieved enlightenment, because goddamn does financial security feel an awful lot like happiness when it’s something you’re not used to

(via recovering-mindfully)

If you feel like playing film critic misogyny bingo when America’s first round of Winter Soldier reviews are published this week, I recommend looking out for the phrases “leather-clad” and “ass-kicker.” These are an easy way to weed out any reviewers who weren’t paying attention to the movie, because neither phrase describes Black Widow’s actual role.

For one thing, Black Widow is not “leather-clad.” Not unless you’re talking about the casual leather jacket she wears in a handful of scenes, anyway. Her official uniform is no tighter than Captain America’s was in The Avengers, and is similar to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s artificial fabric jumpsuits. By comparison, the Winter Soldier’s signature look involves leather body armor, ’90s grunge hair, smudged eyeliner, and a black rubber mask.

Spider-Man’s spandex costume is probably more salacious, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t wind up being described as an homme fatale by anyone with a Pulitzer.

Honestly, this kind of catsuit-focused review says more about the reviewer than the film itself. Apparently the mere concept of Scarlett Johansson in a tight outfit is so dazzlingly erotic that it bypasses some male reviewers’ conscious minds and causes them to ignore everything she says and does for the rest of the movie. The result is a series of reviews from highly respected film critics who, given the opportunity to describe each Avenger in a single sentence, replace Black Widow’s summary with the announcement, “I AM A HETEROSEXUAL MAN AND SCARLETT JOHANSSON’S BOOBS ARE AWESOME.”

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This unrelenting focus on Scarlett Johansson’s appearance, coupled with the assumption that her only non-decorative role is that of an “ass-kicker,” indicates a fundamental inability to see Black Widow as the well-rounded character she actually is.

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, “Every review of Black Widow in ‘Captain America’ is wrong” 

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This is an awesome read, with minimal spoilers so if you haven’t seen Winter Soldier its safe.

(via drst)

(Source: mysnarkasm, via notenuf)

thatsonofamitch:

adriofthedead:

davekat:

amour-and-bisous:

emmazzin:

this is a real thing omg

This is my favorite thing

 

this is so very british

oh my god it gets better when you understand exactly how far he went

(via twotabletaylor)

“Well, let me just put a stop to this shit right now. You can give me gold-plated day care and an awesome public school right on the street corner and start paying me 15% more at work, and I still do not want a baby. I don’t particularly like babies. They are loud and smelly and, above all other things, demanding. No matter how much free day care you throw at women, babies are still time-sucking monsters with their constant neediness. No matter how flexible you make my work schedule, my entire life would be overturned by a baby. I like my life how it is, with my ability to do what I want when I want without having to arrange for a babysitter. I like being able to watch True Detective right now and not wait until baby is in bed. I like sex in any room of the house I please. I don’t want a baby. I’ve heard your pro-baby arguments. Glad those work for you, but they are unconvincing to me. Nothing will make me want a baby.

And don’t float “adoption” as an answer. Adoption? Fuck you, seriously. I am not turning my body over for nine months of gaining weight and puking and being tired and suffering and not being able to sleep on my side and going to the hospital for a bout of misery and pain so that some couple I don’t know and probably don’t even like can have a baby. I don’t owe that couple a free couch to sleep on while they come to my city to check out the local orphans, so I sure as shit don’t own them my body. I like drinking alcohol and eating soft cheese. I like not having a giant growth protruding out of my stomach. I hate hospitals and like not having stretch marks. We don’t even force men to donate sperm—a largely pleasurable activity with no physical cost—so forcing women to donate babies is reprehensible.”

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The Real Debate Isn’t About “Life” But About What We Expect Of Women | The Raw Story (via brutereason)

"So, reading those three paragraphs above? I bet at some point you recoiled a bit, even if you don’t want to have recoiled a bit.  Don’t I sound selfishHedonistic? Isn’t there something very unfeminine about my bluntness here? Hell, I’m performing against gender norms so hard that even I recoil a little.

This is actually what I think, and I feel zero guilt about it, but I know that saying so out loud will cause people to want to hit me with the Bad Woman ruler, and that causes a little dread. Why do we feel this way?

What kind of training and socialization did we receive that made us think there’s something terribly wrong about a woman who is hurting no one and is actually pretty nice but wants what she wants in her private life and doesn’t apologize about it? Is there a reason that we should bully women into pretending that they’re more interested in being selfless and eternally nurturing than they actually are, even at great cost to themselves?”

(via voicesforchoices)

(via afadingoctober)

“Nostalgia is a
dirty liar
that insists things
were better
than they seemed.”

—   Michelle K., I Can’t Stop Questioning It. (via michellekpoems)

For anyone considering relapse…

(via ruthiend)

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styrnwilf:

HAHAHAHA

Also look, a well done rape joke.

(Source: epic-lee, via amyleona)

thegreatsporkwielder:

aeternamente:

thegreatsporkwielder:

coolchicksfromhistory:

thelifeguardlibrarian:

mildhorror:

Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.

Signal boost

I am SO buying one of those totes.

Are you… TOTES buying it?

I am totes kicking myself for not thinking of that pun first.

(via tawghasa)

by-steelhooves-tail:

mllemusketeer:

samswritingtips:

A breakdown of medieval armor, since a lot of pieces are required to create a full suit.

Useful for the TF fandom as well

Accurate. 

(via maeglinthebold)

pixiedeath:

cartoonpolitics:

"It is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America." ~ Violet Rose


best quote/statement ever

pixiedeath:

cartoonpolitics:

"It is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America." ~ Violet Rose

best quote/statement ever

(via afortunatecookie)

natasha being worth of mjolnir in ‘age of ultron: what if? #3’

(Source: spacehamsters, via clintbarttons)

ameliacarina:

how do you say ‘please talk to me more i crave your company’ to someone without sounding like a creep

(via grumpybilbo)

dennys:

Summer is just around the corner! Which means you’re probably fervently preparing for ~bikini season~, trying to get back into that beach bod! Well here are some dieting tips from Denny’s Diner to help you feel a little more comfortable this year:

  • Bikini season? Shmikini shmeason.
  • You look wonderful already.
  • Whatever makes you feel best is best.
  • There is no “right” way to look.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Build a sandcastle. 
  • Seriously, you look wonderful.
  • Denny’s loves you.

Surf’s up!

When running errands uses up all of my spoons

edrecoveryprobs:

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mod note: learn about spoon theory here and here!

fatgirlopinions:

I do not consent to being fetishized but I also don’t consent to being used for humiliation, fitspo, thinspo, evidence of some kind of obesity epidemic, ammo for debate or argument against fatness, or any other kind of malicious fucked up purpose what so ever.

(via amyleona)